November 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Threats | 15 Comments
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Nobody can bring order to such chaos.

There is a circle of hell reserved for the most evil Asperger sufferers.

Those who rape nuns, abuse animals and devour human flesh.

It is called supermarket shopping.

Woebetide those who enter this arena.

Few make it out alive.


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  1. the lights, the people, the shiny floors :((

    • The towering shelves. The billions of choices/decisions. The utter lack of order. You too, hey? Thank you for stopping by. AS. πŸ™‚

  2. Wow. I could take a lesson from you on that list. It is amazing.

    • Thank you, Jean. Alas, it was a dismal failure. I must have looked like a rat in a maze, stuggling from one point to the next and back again. You can see that I tried to add aisle numbers for next time, but the effort became too great.

      And my attempt at taxonomy came unstuck with stupid things like pet and human milk together on the list. I really wanted to bring order to this hideous task, but I think I may have to go for online ordering. The environment simply fries my brain to a crisp! Thank you for commenting. AS. πŸ™‚

  3. Thankyou for sharing your coping strategies AS. Your list is an amazing tool to bring some harmony into chaos.When my son was recovering from a drug induced psychosis he spoke names of things to stop his episodes of ‘unreality’ as he called them. People present were surprised when he started saying ‘door,window,road,flower,clouds.That was their problem.
    Listening to music or a meditation tape while he was in a panic inducing situation helped too.J

    • Thank you very much for sharing your story, Judy. I’m lucky enough not to be psychotic, though shopping days bring me about as close to it as you can get. Come back soon. AS. πŸ™‚

  4. That is classic. You do not know how many times I have talked about the sheer torture (and hilarity), of the entire, monumental “Grocery Shopping…”

    Uh, yeah.

    I make my list, forget a load of stuff I need anyway (despite the fact I am a compulsive list-maker to begin with.) Then, off I go, begin my shopping and start placing in my cart, a bunch of things I “know” I need.

    Then I’ll start to get all lost and turned around and realize I’ve “forgotten” something that I didn’t even “know” I needed in the first place. Probably because I “forgot” to put it on the list that I don’t even know of, even though it’s folded up in my pocket.

    If I’m lucky, I’ll remember that I actually DID make a list and I’ll end up hauling it out half way through doing my shopping (and after ramming into about five other shoppers, surprisingly not getting a “Dangerous Driving Citation” from the store manager.) My awkward and polite demeanor probably helped me, as it didn’t indicate any signs of “Cart Rage.”

    So, if I managed to find my list, maybe a bonus there–slightly. I’d still be racing back and forth getting lost between aisles, as I would have “forgotten” another crucial item.

    A pen to cross things off the list.



    • Great to hear from you, PA. You really nailed it there! I appreciate your response very much. πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks. You are most welcome.

  6. I almost spit out my Listerine as I read that “special circle of hell.” I love supermarket shopping. My mom used to bring all 5 of us kids with her and give us items on the list to find. So, I was confounded at my inability to bring my son year after year. Then, I realized he had Aspergers. Now, our strategy is to avoid having my husband or son go into that arena at all costs. Might as well call it a day for all of us if we venture there.

    • Wow, Holly. Stories like yours really make this topic resonate! Thank you for giving both sides of the coin so eloquently. I greatly appreciate your input. πŸ™‚

  7. @AspieScribe Boomtish!! Thanks, this gave me a good chuckle!!! The supermarket is my personal hell! I must’ve been real bad in former life!

    • My deep thanks to you, Lee, for taking the time to transfer your kind Twitter comment. I find recognition of a common foe a great comfort. Since this meltdown, I’ve had some success with outdoor farmers’ markets. Better than supermarkets in EVERY way. I’m delighted that you enjoy these posts and warmly encourage your return. Best regards, P. πŸ™‚

      • Thanks Paul! I am lucky that I have a great sense of humour, my son who is 16 years old is also an Aspie, my goodness it was never funny at the time, but I have a catalogue of invaluable memories of supermarket meltdowns and catastrophes – I can laugh as I remember them!

        I have learned to laugh at most of my follies in the NT world. This is far better than regretting them! Besides the NT (neuro-typical AKA non-ASD) world inhabits my own weird little universe, and I’ve come to enjoy it, so glad I do, asI know many who can’t, or haven’t quite figured out how to balance things in theirs, I hope someday that they will, and their universes are as happy as mine!

        Keep smiling, blogging and tweeting, you have good stuff to say!

        Lee : )

        • What a beautiful comment, Lee; you can’t half string a sentence! πŸ™‚ I totally agree that laughter is a great strategy. The alternative really is to cry. A lot. I’m so glad we’re on the same page. Best regards and thanks you! P. πŸ™‚

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